Curriculum Vitae (updated May 27, 2015)
2014 UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Ph.D. in the Interdepartmental Program of Archaeology
2011 UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
C.Phil. in the Interdepartmental Program of Archaeology
2009 UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
M.A. in the Interdepartmental Program of Archaeology
2006 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
B.A. with Honors in Anthropology
2014-present History Department, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities
2015 “Accounting for sick days: a scalar approach to health and disease at Deir el-Medina,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies, vol. 74 (1): 75-85.
2014 “Mobilizing Archaeologists: Increasing the Quantity and Quality of Data Collected in the Field with Mobile Technology,” Advances in Archaeological Practice (2) 1: 13-23. doi: 10.7183/2326-3722.214.171.124
2011 “Preliminary Remarks on the Coptic Burials at Karanis,” Coptica 10: 45-60.
2007 Makarewicz, C. & Austin, A. “Late PPNB Occupation at el-Hemmeh: Results from the Third Excavation Season,” Neo-lithics 2/06: 19-23.
2014 Contending with illness in ancient Egypt: A textual and osteological study of health care at Deir el-Medina. PhD dissertation, UCLA.
2009 The (En)gendered Body During the Old Kingdom as a Product of Form, Use, and Display: A Bioarchaeological Analysis of Male and Female Body Display during the 5th and 6th Dynasties. Master’s thesis, UCLA.
2006 Animal Mummification in Egypt: An Analysis of Differential Animal Treatment. BA thesis, Harvard University.
2015 “Paid sick days and physicians at work: ancient Egyptians had state-supported health care,” The Conversation, February 16. 2015
2015 “Deir el-Medina: How State Welfare Helped the Pharaoh’s Tomb-Builders,” Current World Archaeology 69: 38-42.
2014 “What remains of the workmen? Conserving the human remains at Deir el-Medina,” American Research Center in Egypt Bulletin, 205: 10-13.
GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND AWARDS
2013 Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Scholarship for research bridging the humanities and medicine
2013 ARCE Fellowship funded by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
2013 UCLA Dissertation Travel Grant
2011 UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship
2010 UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship
2009 Shapiro Fellowship
2009 Steinmetz Research Travel Grant
2008 Steinmetz Research Travel Grant
2008 Cotsen Laboratory Grant
CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
2015 Invited panelist for “Open Context and its Role in Research Data and Publication,” at the annual meeting of the American Library Association in San Francisco, CA.
2015 “Fragmented Bodies and Splintered Coffins: What Can They Tell Us about Ancient Egyptian Mortuary Practices?,” paper presented at the annual meeting for the Society for American Archaeology in San Francisco, CA.
2015 “Digitizing Standards with OsteoSurvey: A case study in open access data collection at Deir el-Medina, Egypt,” poster presented at the annual meeting for the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in St. Louis, MO.
2014 “Contending with illness at Deir el-Medina,” paper presented at Deir el-Medina and the Theban Necropolis in Contact in Liège, Belgium.
2014 Simpson, B., A. Austin, and K. Simon. “Three-dimensional Recording of Architecture in Karanis, Egypt,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the Theoretical Archaeology Group USA in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
2014 “Textual and osteological indicators of illness in daily life at Deir el-Medina,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt in Portland, Oregon. *Awarded best student paper
2014 “Developing mobile-based digital forms for archaeological data collection,” paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Austin, Texas.
2013 “Increasing the quality of your bioarchaeological data through the use of tablet-based software,” poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Knoxville, TN.
2013 Simpson, B., A. Austin, and K. Simon. “Analyzing Three Methods for Digital Preservation of Architectural Data at the Greco-Roman Site of Karanis,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Honolulu, Hawaii.
2012 “From bread to porridge: an analysis of dietary shifts during Roman rule at Karanis, Egypt,” poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Portland, OR.
2011 “Finding disability in modern and ancient Egypt,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the Theoretical Archaeology Group, Berkeley, CA.
2011 Austin, A., Simpson, B., Simon, K. “The Collection and Practical Application of Three-Dimensional Scan Data at the Greco-Roman Site of Karanis,” paper presented at the 39th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Beijing, China.
2011 Austin, A., B. Simpson, and K. Simon. “The role of three-dimensional laser scanning in spatial analysis of the Greco-Roman site of Karanis,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Chicago, IL.
2011 “Health, disease, and occupational stress at Karanis,” poster presented at The First Annual Archaeology Graduate Student Conference, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
2010 “Sacred Skeletons Speak: Results of the 2008 and 2009 Karanis Cemetery Survey Field Seasons,” paper presented at the St. Shenouda-UCLA Conference of Coptic Studies, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
2010 “The Proportions of Gender in the Amarna Style: A Visual Continuum,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Berkeley, CA.
2015 “Contending with Illness in Ancient Egypt: Health care and disease at Deir el-Medina,” invited lecture for the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, Vancouver, Canada (March 10).
2015 “A battle for life in ancient Egypt: osteological and textual analyses of health care at Deir el-Medina,” invited lecture for the Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology Colloquium, Berkeley, CA (February 3).
2015 “Contending with Illness in Ancient Egypt: Health care and disease at Deir el-Medina,” invited lecture at the American Research Center in Egypt – Northwest Chapter, Seattle, WA (January 13).
2014 “Pervasive concerns regarding health and mortality in ancient Egyptian thought,” invited lecture at the Egyptology Exploration Society LA Chapter, Los Angeles, CA (September 20).
2014 “Contending with illness in ancient Egypt: A textual and osteological study of health care at Deir el-Medina,” invited lecture at The American Research Center in Egypt—Orange county chapter, Santa Ana, CA (August 9).
2013 “What remains of the workmen? Death and disease at Deir el-Medina,” invited lecture at the Death and the Afterlife in Egypt colloquium, Los Angeles, CA (December 7).
2011 “Bones, Bricks, and Buildings: The Advantages and Applications of Three-Dimensional Laser Scanning in Egyptian Archaeology,” invited lecture for the American Research Center in Egypt, Orange County Chapter (May 14).
2011 “Amarna Art,” invited lecture at Akhnaten and his World sponsored by the Long Beach Opera, Los Angeles, CA (March 5).
2015 Lecturer, Stanford University Winter
History 244: Egyptomania! The Allure of Egypt over the past 3,500 years
2014 Lecturer, Stanford University Fall
History 12/112: Medicine and Disease in the Ancient World
2013 Lecturer, UCLA Extension Fall
Anthropology XL137: Medicine and Disease in the Ancient World
2013 Co-Instructor, UCLA Summer
History M103A: Ancient Egyptian Civilization
2012 Lecturer, UCLA Extension Summer
Anthropology XL137: Gender in Ancient Egypt
2012 Co-Instructor, UCLA Summer
History M130: Ancient Egyptian Religion
2012 Teaching Associate, UCLA Spring
History M130: Ancient Egyptian Religion
2011 Teaching Associate, UCLA Winter
Ancient Near East 10W: Jerusalem: Holy City (Composition course)
2009-10 Teaching Associate, UCLA Spring
Ancient Near East M103B: Ancient Egyptian Civilization II
2010 Teaching Associate, UCLA Winter
Ancient Near East M103A: Ancient Egyptian Civilization I
2008-09 Instructor, UCLA Fall
Osteology Field School, Karanis, Kom Aushim, Egypt
2012-14 Lead Bioarchaeologist
Deir el-Medina, Luxor, Egypt
Conducted bioarchaeological research on over 500 human remains from Deir el-Medina, conserved and stored human remains, and facilitated a workshop in bioarchaeological conservation with Dr. Samia el-Merghani, director of the biodeterioration treatment directorate.
2008-10 Lead Bioarchaeologist and Survey Supervisor
Karanis, Kom Aushim, Egypt
Conducted a bioarchaeological survey of human remains in the Karanis Cemetery, a Graeco-Roman site in Egypt; conducted specific surveys of Karanis using a combination of total station, robotic total station, and three-dimensional laser scanning technologies; educated field school students and supervised skeletal survey; and assisted in excavations.
E29H1, Kom Aushim, Egypt
Lead a survey of faunal remains in this Epipaleolithic/Neolithic site for salvage project using both robotic and manual total stations.
2004-06 Site and Lab Supervisor
El-Hemmeh, Wadi El-Hassah, Jordan
Excavated Late pre-pottery neolithic B (PPNB)/Early pre-pottery neolithic C (PPNC) site and supervised excavation and lab analyses, including small find photography, lithics analysis, registrar duties, and faunal sorting.
Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
Excavated and conducted phosphate and DNA testing of a 19th century farm
Longfellow House, Cambridge, MA
Excavated late 18th century brick walkway and 17th century foundations
St. Croix Island, Calais, ME
Excavated early 17th century burials from a settlement established by Champlain
MUSEUM AND UNIVERSITY WORK EXPERIENCE
2011-13 Instructional Technology Consultant | Center for Digital Humanities, UCLA
2009 Graduate Student Researcher, UCLA | Encyclopedia of Egyptology, UCLA
2008-09 Research Assistant | Cotsen Institute Publications, UCLA
2005-06 Research Assistant | Collections, Peabody Museum, Harvard
2005 Summer Intern | Peabody Museum, Harvard
FIELD SCHOOLS AND CERTIFICATION
2011 UCR Extension Crime Scene Investigation Certificate
Coursework covered forensic entomology, criminalistics, crime scene photography, crime scene management, fingerprint techniques and impression evidence, autopsy, and blood stain pattern analysis.
2010 UCLA/University of Arkansas Eleusis Geomatics Field School
Coursework covered 3D laser scanning, geospatial theory, photogrammetry, and 3D software training.
2008 Arizona State Bioarchaeology Field School
Coursework covered advanced osteology and advanced bioarchaeology
UNIVERSITY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
2011 Coordinator of the First Annual Archaeology Graduate Student Conference
2009-10 Vice President of the Graduate Social Sciences Committee, UCLA
2009 Cotsen Institute Weekly Talk Coordinator, UCLA
2002-06 All-Ivy Varsity Fencer for the Harvard Fencing Team
2005-06 Co-captain of the Harvard Women’s Fencing team
2005 Ivy League Champions (Women’s and Men’s teams)
2006 NCAA Division 1 National Champions (Women’s and Men’s teams)
2003 Top 15 National Ranking in the United States Fencing Association’s Senior Women’s Foil
2002 Top 8 finish in the Women’s Foil World Cup (Louisville, KY 2002)
French – speak, read, and write with basic competence
Arabic – speak and read with basic competence
German – speak, read and write with basic competence